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A Yukigassen referee ducks as a stray snowball heads straight for him during the Yukigassen Canada National Championships held on Saturday, Nov. 24. See more photos on page 12. DANIEL BETTS PHOTO



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A hypnotist visited Jasper Junior/Senior High School on Nov. 23 and tried his tricks on a few volunteers. Students under hypnosis became uncontrollably itchy (pictured here), played banjos, participated in one-on-one skits and provided excuses for why they were caught speeding. Replies like “I’m late for my grammy’s birthday, “ “Justin Bieber was in front of me,” and “My unicorn is having a baby” made the audience roar with laughter.

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McBride to Barriere Pilot progress update By DANIEL BETTS Editor

ROBSON VALLEY REGION - Recently the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training (JTST) released an update on the McBride to Barriere Economic Development Pilot Project. “Much has been accomplished since the last update at the Community Forum held in Blue River on May 22, 2012,” said Alison Coyne, director of the land use initiatives and analysis branch, Economic Development Division, JTST. In June, trade and investment representatives from the JTST met with several proponents from the region to gather information to market opportunities within the corridor to foreign investors. JTST plans to continue their search for acceptable partners to invest in corridor projects as well as continue to raise awareness of potential in the area. In the development of the pilot project three major areas of concern were identified for the corridor: power, fibre and tourism. In regard to power, BC Hydro continues the planning process for the Northern Thompson Transmission Line reinforcement project as well as negotiating with energy proponents in the Robson Valley Region. BC Hydro has promised to fund up to $50 million in system upgrades at the Valemount substation if project proponents fund

and build a 138 kV transmission line from Valemount to McBride and a new McBride substation that meets BC Hydro standards. Proponents will also need to have successfully negotiated commercial terms and conditions for biomass and run-of-the-river independent power producers and electricity purchase agreements consistent with previous competitive calls and develop an industrial park at McBride. In regards to fibre, a project involving community forest woodlot licences and other small tenure holders was announced on Oct. 19. Managed by the Southern Interior Beetle Action Coalition (SIBAC), on behalf of other project managers, the project will focus on improving fibre utilization, facilitate collaboration and business relationships, develop new markets and opportunities and foster information sharing. Community Forests managers, First Nations licence holders, woodlot owners and value-added wood manufacturers in the corridor will work closely with the project. A series of facilitated meetings is expected in the new year. Specialized consultants will be engaged to work with the regional small tenure holders to complete detailed market studies and/or business plans based upon the regional priorities. In regards to tourism, many repairs have been made to back country roads in the corridor in order to access recreational opportunities, including the Trophy Mountain

Road and the Clearwater River Road in Wells Gray Park. On Oct. 29, a workshop focusing on valley-wide tourism opportunities took place in Blue River. The workshop was designed to build on community tourism plans and previous discussions including the McBride to Barriere Regional Economic Investment Pilot Community forums in 2012. Specific tactics for sub-regional projects that will benefit corridor communities and strengthen the corridor visitor experience and its market position are the expected benefits of the workshop and its follow-up. Currently, the Resort Development Branch at the Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations is reviewing a formal proposal from Valemount Glacier Destination Resort proponents. In Valemount, a permit to start construction of the Cranberry Marsh trail and boardwalk has been issued to the Village of Valemount. Also, the Yellowhead Outdoor Recreation Association (YORA) completed a site engineering study for the proposed Five-Mile mountain bike park. A development plan is now in the works and will be submitted as part of the tenure application for the project. Lastly, JTST has been in discussions with UBCM and will work with corridor communities to prepare a labour market assessment of the region.

Folk fest gains momentum By SARAH MAKOWSKY Reporter/Photographer

JASPER - After a third meeting, it looks like Jasper is set for a revived folk festival. The Jasper Heritage Folk and Blues Society is holding a two-week contest to give the festival a name. Entries are accepted in ballot boxes at Nutter’s and Coco’s Cafe, or on the group’s Facebook page until Dec. 6. The new name will be announced at the Dec. 13 festival meeting and the winner receives two tickets to the folk festival. “It feels like we’ve got some real momentum,” said Cristin Murphy of the

Jasper Heritage Folk and Blues Society. Space has been booked at Centennial Park to host the festival. “It’s a great spot because there’s all kinds of [amenities].” As head of the funding and sponsorship committee, Murphy is busy working on grant applications. Letters are also being sent to potential sponsors, both old and new. “Quite a number” of artists have already contacted Murphy, expressing their interest in the September festival. “They’re hearing the buzz, so that’s kind of exciting for us,” she said. During the summer months, the society surveyed people at the farmers’ market

about a folk festival. One of the questions was which artists people would like to see. “We all have our own music wish lists in our head, we just have to bring it all together.” At tonight’s (Nov. 29) AGM at The Legion at 7 p.m., The Jasper Heritage Folk

and Blues Society hopes to gain more board members. Everyone is welcome to attend. “We’re going to give it everything we’ve got,” said Murphy. “A festival is such a tangible thing, everyone knows how exciting it can be.”

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National Park News november 29

Banff Film Fest screening in Jasper

Jasper National Park features prominently in Nature’s Invitation documentary

The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour is coming to Jasper. Movies will be shown at the Chaba Theatre on Dec. 9 and 10 at 7:30 p.m. Different films will be played on both nights. Tickets for one night cost $25 and the twonight package is $45. Advance tickets are recommended, with a request of cash payment.

$200,000 available to community forests and woodlot licence holders The Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training (JTST) is adding $60,000 toward a project to assist community forests and small woodlot licence holders to identify new business opportunities in the Robson Valley Region. The Southern Interior Beetle Action Coalition (SIBAC), and the Omineca Beetle Action Coalition are also each contributing $60,000. The BC Community Forest Association and the Federation of BC Woodlot Associations are each contributing $10,000. The project will be managed by SIBAC, which focuses on improving fibre utilization, facilitating collaboration and business relationships, developing new markets and business opportunities, and facilitating information exchange. “We were very pleased to be asked to participate in the investment pilot project and to work collaboratively with communities throughout the corridor. As we look for ways to stabilize and grow the economy, it is critical that we work together, and programs like this are a response to some of the ideas and concerns that were expressed in our working group sessions,” said Shirley Bond, MLA Prince George-Valemount, in a press release.

Valemount gets funding for wood stove exchange On Nov. 25, Terry Lake, minister of environment for B.C. announced the Provincial Wood Stove Exchange Program is giving the Village of Valemount $2,500 to encourage residents to replace their old wood stoves with cleaner-burning models that will improve personal health and air quality. Valemount is one of 14 communities and regional districts receiving over $192,000 in grants to support their wood stove exchange goals for 2013. In 2008, the B.C. government partnered with the BC Lung Association to run the wood stove exchange program. So far, 5,000 old wood stoves have been replaced since the program began. “These new stoves are much more efficient than the older models that they replace, reducing smoke by up to 90 per cent. This is an important public safety and health issue, and the more stoves we replace through this program, the better the health outcome for everyone,” said Shirley Bond, MLA Prince GeorgeValemount, in a press release. “Smoke created by wood stoves is associated with many respiratory problems that can seriously impact one’s health, and we are pleased with the program’s continued success in helping to alleviate health concerns by replacing old stoves with cleaner, more efficient appliances,” said Scott McDonald, executive director of the BC Lung Association.

The documentary Nature’s Invitation follows new immigrants as they explore Canada’s national and provincial parks, as part of new outdoor wilderness programs developed by Parks Canada and Alberta Parks. It also shows new Canadians as they get involved in nature programs in the Albertan cities of Edmonton and Calgary. The goal of these initiatives is to help newcomers become educated about the wilderness available to them in Canada by taking away barriers that stop them from exploring. These barriers include the cost of transportation, accommodation, park fees, fear and lack of knowledge. “It is incredibly important that everybody gets out and learns about nature,” says Robert Bateman, Canadian wildlife artist and environmentalist. Best-selling author Richard Louv of Last Child in the Woods - Saving our Children from Nature Deficit Disorder is also featured in the film. Jasper National Park’s Learn to Camp program,

offered in collaboration with Elk Island National Park, the Edmonton Centre for Newcomers, Scouts Canada, MEC, and Brewster Travel Canada, is a highlight of the documentary. The award-winning Nature’s Invitation has been screened internationally, and will premiere on OMNI TV at 9 p.m. (EST) on Dec. 2. The documentary will also soon air on CBC. Stay tuned.

Jasper National Park’s Annual Public Forum

Approximately 50 people attended the Jasper National Park Annual Public Forum on Nov. 1. At the Forum, Parks Canada reported to the public and welcomed feedback on work over the past year and future priorities. Following his year in review presentation, Supt. Greg Fenton answered questions about new recreational activities, public consultation and the TransMountain Pipeline. Forum attendees then discussed two topics in small groups: living with wildlife and developing a green building policy. A more detailed record of the meeting will be available on our website,, in the new year. ~ Parks Canada

McBride Youth Committee winter events By Alan Frederick Reporter

McBride - McBride youth have much to look forward to this winter. The McBride Youth Committee was formed by Jennifer Quam in May 2011 under the education component of her job as Victim Services Coordinator with Robson Valley Support Services (RVSS). The idea came about after she started “noticing a gap in services to youth due to not enough collaboration between community services.” Past summer events included two street hockey games, street basketball, street bowling, and a street dance. All were free and well attended. Quam formed the committee together with various groups relating to the youth of the community. Members

of the committee include members of the RCMP, a public health nurse, school staff, school parent advisory councils, clergy from local churches and anyone having anything to do with programming with youth. Plans for the upcoming winter include an outdoor skating rink in the village ball diamond with flooding performed by the McBride Volunteer Fire Department. The village has given permission to use the area and the youth c o m m i t t e e w i l l p r ov i d e funding for the boards. The com mittee is also or g a n i z i ng a Snow Fe s t Family Day tentatively set for Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, which will include activities such as snowshoeing, snow golf, snow sculptures, a snow angel competition and other snow-related events. The group is looking for sponsors and groups to assist with hot chocolate and snacks.

Climbers scale the wall at the Jasper Activity Centre Nov. 22. The free event was hosted by Jasper Life as part of its monthly range of activities. SARAH MAKOWSY PHOTO

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QUOTE of the week It feels like we’ve got some real momentum.


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oe remembered that night well. He and Anders had somehow managed to subdue the captain and eventually got the old salt to his sleeping quarters. Mrs. Munshaw, the enraged passenger, found young Emily on the poop-deck and put her daughter to bed in her own cabin. The rest of the crew and passengers arrived back at the ship quite late and some of them were in worse shape than the captain. The B.C. Express did not meet the scheduled departure time of 4 a.m. However, she did pull away from the SiemsCarey wharf by 8:30 a.m. the same morning. “Fore and Aft,” the boatswain called. The deck crew took up their positions and before long the ship swung around in the river and was on its way down the rambling Fraser to South Fort George. Joe was on the foredeck during the departure and for the first few hours after clearing Mile 53 he was put to work washing down the wooden decks with a scrub-brush. He didn’t mind the work as the decks were not very dirty. The weather had changed that day for the better and now Joe had the hot sun on his back and the cool breeze in his face. He filled his pail with river water using a heaving-line and rinsed off the different areas of the deck as he scrubbed. Some of the passengers lounged in deck chairs on the first balcony. From this level they could see all the PHOTO BY L. L. FRAZER sights, including the fabulous scenery and sometimes wild animals. At one point Joe spotted a bull moose near the Joe spotted a bull moose on the banks of the river. banks of the river. From time to time, Joe would look up from his scrubbing to see if the captain was watching. photographs of the railway construction in the area while From the wheelhouse, Captain Baker navigated the his wife and daughter had been visiting friends up-stream Fraser with reverence. He had studied the river on previous at Mile 53. trips and knew it well. The man had great respect for the Three miles past Croydon, a white flag appeared on mighty and unpredictable water-highway. Generally the port side riverbank. Joe had been told this was a sign navigation between Tête Jaune Cache and South Fort that passengers wanted to be picked up. He informed Mr. George was good during the high water with the exception Hastings, the boatswain. of the two canyons and one whirlpool en route. In the next episode, No Free Rides, Captain Baker The B.C. Express made a short stop at Croydon Landing exercises his duty as master of the B.C. Express and takes to pick up a photographer, Mr. Fred Munshaw. He would on a ruthless railway rogue. be joining his family onboard. Munshaw had been taking

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The art of Caribou Joe TREE FUNDRAISER By Leonard Frazer Contributor

The Saw-filer’s Kit - This drawing was inspired by a black and white photograph that was taken at the Aug. 14, 1982 Valemount Historic Society’s second annual Historic Picnic. The event was held at Ferne McKirdy’s farm at Tête Jaune. Bob Beeson was on hand to explain the procedure for sharpening a cross cut saw. He had a saw and the sawfiler’s kit and shared his knowledge of how to use them with the crowd that turned out. The drawing was created by Smithers artist, Theresa Schwab, and was included in episode six of Caribou Joe and the Building of the Grand Trunk Pacific. “Then the rakers on the saw would come along, with each stroke, and curl the wood out and up in long spiral Saw-filer’s Kit Drawing by Theresa Schwab, Smithers, B.C. contributed image

strips. When the saw was cutting perfect John would always say, Well, we’re really making clock-springs, today.” That’s why I called the episode, Making Clock-springs.

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Meet the Robson Valley Region Some readers may have noticed there have been some significant format changes appearing in the Fitzhugh. For the most part feedback has been positive. We consider what we are doing a work in progress. As we move forward readers will notice other subtle changes as we tweak and adjust. The first and most significant change readers will notice is our larger size. We are able to accomplish this by applying a business plan that mimics a co-operative approach with other communities in the area. This will give us a more regional feel, as well as provide more variety in our content. Some readers may ask, “Why should we care about the Robson Valley? We don’t even know where it is.” This is actually a surprising question and statement considering the significant connections Jasper has with the Robson Valley. For those who don’t know, the Robson Valley Region lies just west of Jasper and includes Mount Robson Park, which borders Jasper National Park (JNP) and includes the tallest mountain in the Canadian Rockies. Just a little farther west, the Yellowhead Highway makes a subtle turn to the northwest toward Prince George and tucked between the Cariboo Mountains and the Rockies is the Robson Valley and includes the communities of Tete Jaune, Dunster, McBride and further north Crescent Spur. Backtracking just a little, if one were to get off the Yellowhead Highway and travel south on Highway 5 toward Kamloops, you would pass through the community of Valemount and eventually Blue River. This is a region of farmers, foresters and railway workers with a rich cultural history much of which is shared with the community of Jasper in many ways. Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge gets most of its “locally grown” organic food products used in its restaurants from the Robson Valley. In the summer the majority of produce at the Jasper Farmer’s Market comes from the Robson Valley. Many people who work in Jasper actually commute from this region. Valemount is the current capital of the sledding community. If you are travelling the highway and see large rigs with snowmobiles attached, Valemount is likely where they are headed. The superior alpine conditions and spectacular views draw thousands of sledders to Valemount and McBride every year. Historically the railroad joins the Robson Valley with Jasper, but many businesses in Jasper currently commute to Valemount to do business. Also, many who once lived and worked in Jasper have retired to the Robson Valley. It is the closest place to purchase mountain property, which isn’t under government lease in JNP. The Robson Valley Region has been struggling for some years now, but big things are happening there and it is a wise business choice to keep an eye on our close neighbours to the west. Jasper news will still appear in abundance in the Fitzhugh, but there are some great and interesting stories coming out of the Robson Valley, as well. Give them a chance; many do.

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Keep the topic of conversation in our daily lives Dear Editor, I think we can all agree we are consumed in a dirty business. Aside from burning it in our cars, the environmental damage due to the production of our precious oil is something to be talked about. Our experience at Powershift 2012 in Ottawa has allowed us to emerge with new hope, not of abruptly ending the oil sands production, but hope of changing the topic of conversation in our daily lives. Our government has provided us with the most profitable, but damaging

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industry by subsidizing $1.4 billion in our tax money each year to oil companies. Though many of us seem to thrive on the paybacks of the industry, it is still important to keep the topic of conversation in our daily lives so that we are not led to experience Stockholm Syndrome for this finite and dirty industry. While all answers for the economy seem to point to yes for the expansion of oil production, can’t we just say “yes for now, but not for long.” John Croden, Jasper Young Citizens Committee

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Jasper Municipal Council Briefs By sarah makowsky Reporter/Photographer

Bylaw 162 Emergency Management Council voted to defer the second reading of bylaw 162 (emergency management) in order to gain more clarity on certain details before sending it to Parks Canada for certification. The main concern involves section 6.4 where the Emergency Management Agency has authority to make decisions in the event of an emergency. “It just seems to me that there has to be a person that the agency can turn to, to enforce the things that the agency has said to enforce,” said Mayor Richard Ireland. He said the bylaw would benefit from a connection between what the agency is able to do and who actually gets it done.

Bark in the skate park?

Re-use It Centre contemplates move

Council doesn’t vote on utilizing Diamond C as an interim off-leash area until Dec. 4, but an alternative to the alternative is being considered. “I have not recommended the use of Diamond C,” said Doug Rodwell, acting director of environmental services, during council on Nov. 20. His recommendation stems primarily from fiscal concerns regarding remediation. Additionally, a resident wrote a letter to the municipality expressing concern over damage to the grass for ball players and the Under 6 soccer players. The skate park is a potential site because it’s already fenced and not used during winter. Projected clean-up in the spring also appears to be easy. A report detailing feasibility of using the skate park will be presented to council on Dec. 4.

The Re-use It Centre is entertaining a location change after reviewing sale revenues from the first six months of operation. Sales and traffic are good, assured Environmental Stewardship Co-ordinator Janet Cooper, there’s just not enough revenue to pay rent and wages. A couple of commercial spaces are being looked at and the possibility of running the store temporarily out of the current library location is also being considered. The latter location requires retail permit approval from Parks Canada. A decision should be reached by the end of the month. “We’re just trying to be pro-active and not wait until the eleventh hour to make a change to reduce our expenses,” said Cooper. If approved, the Re-use It Centre will begin lease term discussions with municipal management.


Pedestrians and drivers - keep your heads up Dear Editor, On Nov. 20, my grandson was walking home from school for lunch when he was grazed by a car at the crosswalk at Elm and Geikie Streets. He was knocked to the ground, but the incident caused no serious injury.

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You may have not ice d a n i n f lu x of moustaches right now. But November isn’t just for the guys. Did you know the popular Movember campaign – an event that sees facial hair grown in exchange for pledges that benefit men’s health programs, including prostate cancer and mental health awareness, shares the second last month of the year with Lung Cancer Awareness Month, Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, Stomach Cancer Awareness Month, and Mouth Cancer Action Month? Raising awareness is crucial in the fight against all cancers – of which there are more than 200 different types. So, while mos are meaningfully being grown for bros, the Canadian Cancer Society wants to let the ladies know that they’re loved too. Three women courageously shared their cancer stories with us in our newest awareness video: You Are Loved. It is our

The parent of another child saw the incident and took my grandson to the hospital. He is fine. Keep your heads up when driving or walking. Sheila Couture, Jasper, Alta.

hope that the conversation captured in this video will inspire all women to start their own conversations – with their loved ones and doctors. Ladies, you have a 40 per cent risk of being diagnosed with some form of cancer in your lifetime. Please, know that your family and friends love you, and they want you around for many more years. So it’s vital that you know the symptoms to recognize and the questions to ask your healthcare provider. Because, in most cases, catching cancer in its early stages is the key to beating it. Watch our video and join the Canadian Cancer Society’s free health reminder program at Also be sure to share this important message of love and hope – it’s a conversation that may save the women in your life. Dan Holinda, executive director Canadian Cancer Society, Alberta/NWT Division

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U of A conference ‘peaks’ interest in Jasper By sarah makowsky Reporter/Photographer

JASPER - A marriage of academics, art and mountains is set for Dec. 14 and 15 in Jasper. Seeking Mountains is an optional weekend field trip component of the interdisciplinary Thinking Mountains Conference at the University of Alberta from Dec. 11 to 14. Seeking Mountains provides an opportunity for Jasperites to hear some mountain-related research and overseas conference attendees to actually view mountains up close, since they’re difficult to see from Edmonton. “The people in Jasper or who live closest to the University of Alberta in the mountains, should have some kind of access to the kinds of research about mountains that is going to be presented at U of A,” said Heather YoungLeslie, board member of the Jasper-Yellowhead Historical

Society and associate adjunct professor at the University of Alberta. The weekend events are open to all, beginning with a welcome reception at the museum Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. “We’ll showcase the museum, do tours of the collection and just have a nice Rocky Mountain welcome for anybody who comes into town,” said Young-Leslie. The evening consists of wine tasting, exotic beers, appetizers and special appearances, including a “super secret” athlete, yet to be confirmed. On Saturday at the train station’s central foyer, Rocky Mountain researchers will share their findings. Later in the evening, climatologist Andrew Bush will present a key note address about working at K2 mountain. The lecture takes place at the museum. Admission is free, but donations to the museum’s roof fund are greatly appreciated. “So far none of this is costing Jasper, or anybody in

Jasper anything,” said Young-Leslie. “Other than the tour operators who are generously offering some discounts.” Sun Dog tours has arranged to transport travellers from the U of A campus to Jasper and back. The Edmonton conference already has Jasper connections. Presenter Dr. PearlAnn Reichwein in Edmonton has done research in Jasper, and Jasper National Park warden Greg Horne has also co-authored a paper that will be presented in Edmonton. “We’re hoping that the Thinking Mountains conference will be an annual event,” said Young-Leslie. The first day of the U of A conference falls on Dec. 1, which is, coincidentally, International Mountain Day. Young-Leslie asked council if Dec. 15 or 16 be declared Seeking Mountains Day in Jasper. “I don’t see why not,” said Ireland, who asked for a written proclamation for the Dec. 4 meeting.

Students extend helping hands By sarah makowsky Reporter/Photographer

JASPER - Barb Schmidt’s 9A class at Jasper Junior/Senior High School is doing its part to combat homelessness. The st udents were inspired after reading Eric Walter’s novel, Shattered, about growing homelessness in Canadian cities. The class learned more about the issue through research and watching


The 9A class at Jasper Junior/Senior High School is fundraising and collecting warm clothing for the Bissell Centre in Edmonton, which provides assistance to those affected by poverty. The class decided to help after reading a novel about homelessness.

documentaries, and decided to take action. “We can’t fix it, but we can help it,” they echoed, adding that they’ve learned “it’s good not to take what we have for granted.” The students took the Roots of Empathy course in Grade 7, so they’re able to

recognize and identify with the feelings of others, said Schmidt. Homelessness affects all ages, including children, which drives the cause closer to home. The 2010 homeless count in Edmonton identified 2,421 individuals as being homeless. Schmidt presented her students with the idea of donating to the Bissell Centre. The organization is running a “warm words, warm bodies” campaign to pass on not only cozy clothing, but words of encouragement to those who will benefit from both. After discussion, the class decided to contribute through fundraising, asking for hoodie donations and creating drop boxes

to leave at different locations around Jasper, including one in the school foyer. Warm winter clothing like toques, blankets, jackets, ski pants, mitts and scarves is appreciated in the drop-off boxes. Hoodies are asked to be new and dark-coloured and can be dropped off at the school’s office. You can also include a friendly, warm note for the hoodie’s recipient. Hoodies can also be purchased at low-cost through Bargains Group at www. and shipped directly to the Bissell Centre. The 9A class is running the program from Nov. 26 to Dec. 17.

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Aries (Mar 21 – Apr 20)

An expansive and exciting cycle has begun, both within and without. Externally, you may be dealing with a busier than average schedule these days. Inwardly, many deep thoughts are running through your mind. Research, web searches and/or investigations of other kinds are featured. These are activating your passions and ambitions.

Taurus (Apr 20 – May 21)

Rich, deep and passionate exchanges with significant others are a central theme these days. Sharing secrets and desires adds to the intimacy and perhaps the drama. Mergers and a deepening of commitments are part of the plot. These are activating courage and determination to assert yourself to realize a brighter future.


emini (May 21 – Jun 21 Circumstances are pushing you to take stock of your health and that of your overall lifestyle. Your financial health is probably in the mix. Giving more somehow is required. Gaining access to the right tools, techniques, methods and/ or measures is important. This is a call to be extra sober and take your situation seriously. Yet avoid worry and remain calm as you follow through.

Cancer (Jun 21 – Jul 22)

Bringing attention to needed changes in your daily rhythm and routine is the call now. You would like to feel more confident about things, but it may not feel so easy. Stepping up your efforts and level of discipline may feel necessary. It is said there are two main categories of emotion: love and fear. Focus on love to feel more secure, decrease stress and increase health.

Leo (Jul 22 – Aug 23)

Much is stirring within and this may be activating some of your fears. Yet, a new wave of creativity and enthusiasm is coming in. This is leading you to reach out and meet new people. These new connections stand to open doors you did not previously even know existed. Nurture these budding friendships with sincerity and full diplomacy.


irgo (Aug 23 – Sep 22) Taking inventory of all that you have to offer and making lists of all that you want to have and achieve is an important focus. This trend will continue for the next few weeks. This clarity will activate your intuitions and open new doors, as if magically. Yet just thinking about it is not enough. Commit your ideas to written words and/or images for best results.

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ibra (Sep 22 – Oct 22) A break in the storm likely comes as a great relief. The past several weeks may have been pretty tough. Although a longer cycle requiring that you ‘pay your dues’ somehow will continue, at least a period of reprieve has begun and will unfold until year’s end anyway. Use this opening to reach out to make meaningful connections and increase your confidences.

Scorpio (Oct 22 – Nov 21)

The past few weeks have seen you take a much more assertive approach that you probably have for some time. With this momentum you are now in a process of building upon new foundations. Deciphering what is important and wise and how to best nurture a healthy approach and still achieve effective outcomes is your next major step.

Sagittarius (Nov 21 – Dec 21)

While much is giving way and changing within, you are also feeling inspired to take some key initiatives without. With your ambitions on the rise to create a whole new foundation in your life, now is the time to focus and persevere. How things used to be is dissolving steadily now and your overall lifestyle is implied. Embrace the darkness to discern what is important.

Capricorn (Dec 21 – Jan 19)

While paying attention to the facts can be important and valuable getting lost in the details can be a problem. Too much thinking and not enough awareness is the issue – losing sight of the forest for the trees. This is a good time to step back, broaden your scope and release the tensions built up by having too much on your mind.

Aquarius (Jan 19 – Feb 19)

Freedom is a state most people desire. Yet, it is more seldom appreciated that freedom cannot be realized without discipline. This is an important lesson for you now. Discipline implies a clear focus, realistic strategy and consistent follow through. Along the way resistance and/or blocks are encountered. Sometimes these come from within and must be overcome, like now.

Pisces (Feb 19 – Mar 20)

The time has come to make your presence known. Your willingness and determination to be seen and heard will produce positive results. In order to build your confidences you will have to give more, to make extra efforts than usual. Deciphering how to break through lines of resistance or simple lack of recognition is the greater, long-term task.


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Roundhouse Theatre presents Jim Byrnes By Allan Frederick Reporter

MCBRIDE - Over 100 people attended the Roundhouse Theatre in McBride on Thursday, Nov. 15. The audience expressed their appreciation during a musical show put on by Jim Byrnes, a legendary blues musician and actor. ALLAN FREDERICK PHOTOS Byrnes introduced each song with a Jim Byrnes (above) during his show at the Roundhouse Theatre in McBride on Nov. 15. brief history and often a story behind the Former guitarist for Prism, Lindsay Mitchell (top right), accompanies Byrnes. music. Byrnes appeared to have a wealth of musical history having played with and for many famous artists over his career. His accompaniment during the McBride show was a well-k nown g uitarist and songwriter and one of the founding members of the band Prism; Lindsay Mitchell.

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Comments by members of the audience following the show were very favourable. During the performance the audience often showed their appreciation for the songs, guitar playing and music history presented by Byrnes and Mitchell. The next Roundhouse Theatre show is slated for Jan. 25, 2013 with well-known U.K. artist and songwriter Jake Morley coming to Canada for the first time. On April 19, 2013, The June Bugs, a group of five described as one amazing f iddler, one award-win ning g uitarist and three women whose singing voices blend like butter, are scheduled for an engagement at the Roundhouse Theatre. Shows for Febr uar y and March are awaiting confirmation.

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The annual Festival of Trees is lighting up the Showcase Gallery at the Jasper-Yellowhead Museum and Archives. Check out the display and bid on a tree. On Dec. 8 from 1 to 3 p.m., kids will enjoy a visit from Santa amongst the trees.

Festival of Trees lights up Jasper museum By DANIEL BETTS Editor

JASPER - The spirit of Christmas has engulfed the Showcase Gallery at the Jasper-Yellowhead Museum and Archives. On display are 30 creatively decorated Christmas trees donated by businesses and members of the community. They are now available for bidding. The museum supplied the trees to interested residents or businesses who then decorated them using a unique theme. The annual fundraising event will benefit both the community dinner program and the museum. Residents are welcome to come to the museum to enjoy the display and offer a bid on any of the uniquely decorated trees. There is no minimum bid amount. Admission to the museum is free during the Festival of Trees. Included with the Christmas trees is a model train display with a winter landscape, in keeping with the rail theme of the museum this past year. On Dec. 8, from 1 to 3 p.m., kids are welcome to visit Santa at his cabin in the gallery. Thanks to Santas Anonymous, gifts will be offered to the kids and they can

help Santa decorate his Christmas Tree. The end of the festival is Dec. 15 at 3 p.m., bidders who are not on hand to pick-up their tree will be called. According to museum staff, the day of the final bids tends to be a bit “crazy” as last minute bidders enjoy the final moments of the auction.


SHOWTIMES November 30 to December 5 Friday & Saturday 7:00 PM & 9:00 PM Sunday to Wednesday 8:00 PM ONLY Matinees



The Santas Anonymous Program helps families in need at Christmas time. We supply a Turkey Dinner plus gifts, to fill specific needs where possible. If your family would benefit from either a Food and/or Gift Hamper, please contact the Jasper Community Team at 780-852-6540. Deadline for applications will be December ber 1st. ALL ENQUIRIES ARE HELD IN THE STRICTEST CONFIDENCE


SHOWTIMES November 30 to December 6 Friday & Saturday 7:00 PM & 9:15 PM Sunday to Thursday 8:00 PM ONLY

WANT TO GIVE? New this year is our Turkey Roundup! If you wish to buy a Christmas Turkey for a family you can ask the cashier at Super A Foods to “Roundup a Turkey” for just $20. It’s that easy! To acknowledge your donation your name will appear on a Roundup card in the store. Also, please remember you can donate 1% of your grocery bills to the Santas Anonymous Charity through the Community Loyalty Program at Super A Foods at no cost to you!

SHOP & DROP Gift donations can be dropped off at our many Gift Collection Boxes in stores and at the Activity Centre. Cash or cheque donations may be delivered to The Jasper Community Team office (upstairs at 627 Patricia Street) or call us at 780-852-6540 and we will pick up.




WANT TO HELP? Ask us about being a Family Sponsor or volunteer for Santas Anonymous. Want to learn more about this year’s events and activities and what we do? Call 780-852-6540 or email us at:





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Living positively, for real By sarah makowsky Reporter/Photographer

JASPER - In 1991 when Deborah Norris’ doctor informed her of an abnormal blood test result, she wasn’t too concerned. “I thought it might have been diabetes,” she said. It was an incorrect self-diagnosis and soon she discovered that she contracted Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) from her husband. It was the scariest two weeks of Norris’ life when her two children were tested. Results came back negative. Since her diagnosis, Norris has tackled the stigma surrounding HIV. She recalls her five-year-old daughter coming home in tears after a friend’s mother refused to let her daughter play with her anymore. HIV advocates strive to address this stigma, which was part of HIV For Real, an evening of HIV discussion on Nov. 26, facilitated by HIV West Yellowhead in recognition of HIV/AIDS Awareness Week. Karly Savoy, prevention and education co-ordinator for HIV West Yellowhead, shared facts about the virus, like how it only lives in humans and dies within two minutes of being outside of the body. She also debunked myths like catching it from kissing or a toilet seat. A documentary profiling four Canadian women living

with HIV was shown and afterwards Norris shared her experiences. Norris is a peer supporter in Edmonton and said that due to the stigma attached to HIV, some people have relayed to her that they “feel like a walking STD.” With advances in medication, the virus is able to be suppressed, but not cured. “I’m probably going to live out a natural life with this disease,” she said. A challenge Norris and many people living with HIV face is establishing intimate relationships. Norris met someone, unexpectedly, and he professed that he wanted “something more.” She knew she had to take a risk and inform him of her status. To this day, his reaction makes her eyes water. “He was amazing,” she recalls, “He said ‘I don’t feel any differently about you than I did before.’” In true candour, Norris mentioned that when the relationship wasn’t going well, she said to herself many times that she’s staying with him because she’s scared she won’t find anyone else. She was also apprehensive to “get back out there” due to the criminalization of non-disclosure. The documentary focused on the issues surrounding criminalization of non-disclosure of HIV in Canada. There’s an issue with disclosure because it’s difficult to

prove that it was given before intimate contact. If convicted, an individual is liable to be charged with the severe crime of aggravated sexual assault and can receive a life sentence in prison. As shown by the documentary, sometimes partners lie and say there was no disclosure or they use it as leverage and threaten to tell the authorities that there was no disclosure if an HIV positive person tries to leave a relationship. Unclear wording in the Charter translates into confusion surrounding the legalities of non-disclosure. The Charter states that non-disclosure results in a “significant risk” of bodily harm and can be considered aggravated sexual assault. The Supreme Court ruled in October that in order to obtain a sexual assault conviction, it has to be shown that the individual didn’t disclose his or her status, despite a “realistic possibility” of transmission. According to HIV advocates, this ruling reinforces HIV stigmas and allows people living with HIV to worry about the constant threat of criminal persecution. Norris said a supportive community is key to reducing stigma and she’s grateful to have had such support over the years. She knows the path she’s on is meant to be. “The fact that in some capacity I can help tell [my] story — not their story— can make a difference.”


Despite cancellation of Marmot’s Movember celebrations, moustaches were out in full-swing. Adding to the ‘stache population was a group of Edmontonians who make the yearly trek to Jasper during Movember.


Two shoppers happily display the bargains they found during Moonlight Madness. Retailers greeted customers with free drinks, stellar deals and even a DJ during the longstanding Friday night event.


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New art in Coco’s Cafe By sarah makowsky Reporter/Photographer

JASPER - There’s new art on the walls in Coco’s Cafe and it belongs to Edmonton-based artist Jared Robinson. “I like using art to communicate,” said Robinson, who also works in design, video production and illustration. He created his first painting at the age of eight and in 2000, while living in a basement suite in Calgary, he picked up his first canvas. “I thought ‘you know what, I’ve got to fill these walls and why not make something myself?’” Robinson channels creativity in a variety of atmospheres, as he discovered during his time as a fire lookout observer. “Pretty much you’re in the middle of nowhere,” he said. Since he spent long periods of time alone, he brought a canvas and filled some of his time with painting. He views art as an avenue to communicate ideas that sometimes words cannot fully express. “As an artist, I appreciate anybody who shares their thoughts, their opinions, their way of thinking, their perspective,” he said. This outlook motivates him to do the same. Robinson’s early work is more realistic. He didn’t think he could incorporate illustrative forms into paintings because he thought paintings were supposed to look more like photographs. He began to work with digital painting and illustrations on canvas. A digital painting is done on the computer with a drawing tablet and you can mix photographs and textures and illustrate over top of them to get a bold effect. The image can then be printed on canvas. Much of Robinson’s work at Coco’s Cafe is digital paintings. Robinson also experiments with paintography, which is


Jared Robinson’s work is on display in Coco’s Cafe. The painting on the far left is one of the illustrations featured in his second, upcoming book. Robinson’s debut book, I came to Conquer Your Planet Earth, is also available at Coco’s Cafe.

a photo printed on canvas, then painted. He wrote and illustrated a book, I Came to Conquer Your Planet Earth and is working on a second one. Creating a book requires an adjustment. “I’m stretching myself as an artist, we can kind of be all over the place and unorganized,” he said.


JASPER PARK CHAMBER OF COMMERCE As we enter into the Holiday Season, I am taking this opportunity to address our membership. The Jasper Park Chamber of Commerce has been working hard to represent you in the past year. As we wind up 2012, we have been presented with changes to the operations of the Visitor Information Centre. Globally and nationally, we are seeing a new fiscal reality and we must be able to adapt. Tourism Jasper has proposed assuming responsibility for brochure racking at both the Visitor Information Centre and the train station. There are several important reasons why this proposal must be considered by the membership. Marketing is the mandate of Tourism Jasper and they have, not only the expertise to deliver visitor information that extends and enhances the Jasper experience but together we have been working with Parks Canada to ensure visitors have access to information. Parks Canada’s new fiscal reality has determined a need to establish partnerships that meet the needs of the visitor. The shoulder seasons are beginning to see increased visitation, Tourism Jasper has the tools to meet the demand. The Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to advocating on your behalf. To recover the increased costs, a fee for racking proposal has been presented. The Chamber has worked with Tourism Jasper to mitigate this transition with implementation over several years. We are continuing to work together with Tourism Jasper and Parks Canada to see an agreement that is mutually agreeable. By working together with one voice, we are not only a stronger organization but a stronger community. The Jasper Park Chamber of Commerce stands firmly behind Tourism Jasper and the roles both organizations have been mandated. Details of this proposal are available by contacting the Chamber office and members will vote on January 15, 2013 at a meeting scheduled for 6 pm at the Royal Canadian Legion. You are asked to take part, not only with respect to this motion but as a regular attendee and/or reader of emails that detail the many and varied items your Chamber addresses on your behalf. While we cannot begin to know all of your issues, we ask you to bring them to us and together we will seek resolutions, one organization – one voice. Finally, in keeping with the holiday season, we invite members to join us at the annual Christmas party December 7th, 2012. The event, including a spectacular silent auction, is 1 week away and as always, promises to be an outstanding event. Details are on our website at www. On behalf of the Executive, Board and Staff, please accept our warmest wishes for an inspired holiday season.

Ken Kuzminski, President

For him, paintings are short-term projects, so he’s enjoying the long-term challenge of establishing scripts and illustrations. I Came to Conquer Your Planet Earth is available at Coco’s Cafe for $10. For more on Robinson and his work, visit


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Sledders enjoy first ride of the season in Valemount By DANIEL BETTS Editor

VALEMOUNT - According to Curtis Pawliuk, general manager of the Valemount Area Recreation Development Association (VARDA), well over a hundred sledders took the opportunity to “enjoy some amazing early season alpine riding conditions,” last weekend. Pawliuk explained that due to the warm fall season, access to the areas is quite thin, but once in the alpine, riders enjoyed anywhere from 140 to 200 centimetres of “amazing powder riding and sunshine.” “Grooming of the access trails has not yet begun, although riders are still anxious to get out for the first ride of the season,” said Pawliuk. Conditions can change rapidly so Pawliuk advises to keep up to date on the latest conditions. If you are looking for a place to lay down some tracks in the alpine snow, contact VARDA in Valemount at 250-566-4817.

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Last weekend, sledders took to the alpine near Valemount to enjoy one of the first rides of the season.

Mountain Mania is back in McBride By Birgit Stutz Contributor

MCBRIDE - Get ready to party in McBride, as Mountain Mania is coming back to town; the popular Snow and Mud event will be hosted by the McBride Big Country Snowmobile Association on Jan. 18 and 19, 2013. This is the sixth Mountain Mania event, and the second time it is being held in McBride, with the first time being in 2009. Two years ago, the event was held in Valemount. “Snow and Mud moves the parties around, they go north, then south, then north, and so on,” said event organizer Barry Walline. “They like to spread the event around to get more people to the area. There will be tons of new people coming here this year, but there will also be a lot of people coming to Mountain Mania who have come here before. We do throw a good party, one of the better ones according to some people.”

The weekend will start Friday evening with a meet and greet party, which is open to the public. The meet and greet will take place from 5 p.m. to midnight at the Robson Valley Community Center. “Thunderstruck Films is doing their sledding film premiere at the meet and greet on Friday,” said Walline, adding there will also be snacks served. On Saturday evening, there will be a banquet, dinner and dance to a live band at the Robson Valley Community Centre. Cocktails are at 6 p.m., dinner is at 7 p.m. and the dance is from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. “Saturday night is a private function and tickets need to be bought in advance,” said Walline. Tickets are $35 each and can be bought online at Tickets will also be available at Spindrift Power Sports Ltd. in McBride within the next couple of weeks.

“There are only 250 tickets available for the dinner and dance, and an additional 100 tickets for the dance only,” said Walline. Tickets for the dance are $5 and will be available at Spindrift. Walline said there is no organized riding

planned for the hills in the daytime, but people can hire one of the local snowmobile guides to take them to new places. For more information on Mountain Mania, contact Walline or Judy Fraser at 250-569-0226.

is once again pleased to invite all Jasper seniors to its annual

Seniors Christmas Dinner and Celebrations Tuesday, December 4th, 2012 in the Chief Paul Ballroom Cocktails at 5:00 p.m. • Dinner at 6:00 p.m.




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On the evening of Nov. 26, mayor, council and administration were joined by five members of the public to discuss the 2013 municipal budget at the Jasper Activity Centre.

Jasper municipal budget for 2013 – Part One Fees at Jasper Activity Centre to increase by as much as 10 per cent By DANIEL BETTS Editor

JASPER - The first of two public meetings to review the Municipality of Jasper’s draft operating budget for 2013 occurred on Monday, Nov. 26 at the Jasper Activity Centre (JAC). Mayor and council and administration were in attendance, as well as five members of the public. Christine Nadon, manager of communications and information technology, presented the budget for corporate and legislative services. Nadon explained that the operating budget for her department has been reduced by 13.93 per cent mostly due to the decrease of one position. In 2013 the bylaw section will be contained in the Emergency Services Department’s budget. The department is also anticipating a name change to Protective Services. Nadon also noted that each department now has their own IT budget. Council questioned costs associated with the Internet. Nadon explained that, “from an IT perspective,” municipal Internet accounts were complicated due to the structure of the organization having many locations. In some cases, departments need their own dedicated servers. Alice Lettner, director of finance and administration, next presented the lengthy and detailed budget for her department. Lettner noted that 2013 is an election year and the budget reflects $10,440 to cover the costs. While costs for council memberships and travel expenses have

decreased due to the elimination of GAER (Grande Alberta Economic Region), the administration and finance budget is increasing by 2.7 per cent or $29,375. Coun. Gilbert Wall noted the significant line item of $412,405 for Park’s Requisition-Town Land Rent and asked, “what do we get for that?” “The privilege of living in a national park,” replied Lettner. She noted the uniqueness of land use and development living in a national park where the government holds a lease on the land, however she doubted people living in condos in Toronto would have any sympathy for the situation, suggesting the benefits of living and working in Jasper exceeded the lack of clear title. Yvonne McNabb, director of culture and recreation was next to present. During a PowerPoint presentation, McNabb first noted the revenue opportunities for not only the Jasper Activity Centre but also the community. When booking a tournament or conference at the JAC an influx of visitors brings revenue to the community in the form of hotel stays, recreation and dining. McNabb noted that the revenue brought in by tournaments and conferences is a significant factor in being able to operate the facility. McNabb also noted the cost savings initiatives being deployed to reduce energy usage at the JAC. She noted that while they have been able to reduce usage, energy costs have increased in recent years. Had they not been successful in reducing energy usage, costs would be

significantly higher. McNabb revealed that starting Jan. 1, JAC user fees would increase by four percent, except for combo passes, which would increase by 10 per cent. Ice fees in the arena would not increase until September. The Jasper Municipal Library has increased their request for funding and, according to the budget, will pose a challenge after it is completed and occupied. With the increased use of the arena for tournaments, Mayor Richard Ireland asked for clarification and wanted assurances that local sports would take priority. McNabb confirmed that local sports do get priority when booking the arena. Mayor and council discussed the timing and costs associated with the annual rodeo. McNabb revealed that it takes up to three weeks to clean the arena following the rodeo event, during which the arena can not be booked due to cleanliness. According to McNabb, it would take at least two years to change the timing of the rodeo due to the way the rodeo circuit is booked. Having the rodeo at a different time of year may reduce costs. Also in question was the cost of custodial services at the new library, which the mayor and council felt was too high. The second public meeting to review the second half of the 2013 municipal budget is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 29 at the JAC.

McBride’s Craft Fair was one of the biggest in years: The McBride Craft Fair held in McBride Secondary School on Nov.24 was a big success. Crafters and vendors from all over the Robson Valley, Valemount, and Jasper brought their offerings and homemade delights to sell. There room was well stocked with a variety of goods on 35 tables. The fair opened at 10 a.m. and was well attended until it was over at 3 p.m. Kudos to the organizers for putting on another successful event this year, and thanks to all the crafters for a great showing. Astrid Frazier PHOTOS

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RIVER STONE YOGA STUDIO Mention this ad at our studio and receive a one time discount of $3 off your yoga class until Dec. 25th. Located at 606 Patricia Street (below the deli).

FURNISHED ROOM for rent includes utilities and cable. Private washroom and entrance, shared kitchen and laundry. No pets, no smoking. Downtown location 613B Geikie St. Available immediately $700/mth, 780-8527266 or 780-852-4404.

ONE BEDROOM, downtown apartment for rent. Private entrance, some utilities included. Available immediately, call for details 780-852-8702.

for rent ONE BEDROOM APT for rent. Quite and responsible tenants only. No pets, available Jan 1st. Call 780-8528307 or 780-852-8087

CAVELL APT SUITES for rent. Bachelor suites $680/ month, 1 bedroom apartments $795/month, 2 bedroom apartments $925/month. Available immediately. Call 780-852-4482.

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ROBSON VALLEY classifieds

AUTOMOBIles 1993 Dodge Spirit car Loaded, 78,000 original kilometres. Garage stored. Excellent condition. Excellent Fuel economy. $3,900 OBO Contact Oli at 250-569-2583. GTS SEPT 5 2004 Ford Freestar minivan Sports model. Tan colour. Loaded. Good condition. Clean. WInter rims and tires included. $6,500 OBO Phone 250-569-7295 daytime or 250-968 4322 evenings. GTS JAN 25 2002 Saturn SL, grey, 4 door sedan, 433,000 kms, manual transmission, great fuel economy. Has been a good commuter car. $1,500 OBO. Call Loretta 250-968-4453. GTS NOV 29

camper with truck 1995 Wilderness 5th wheel camper 21.5 feet. Sleeps 6 people with queen size upper bed. Fridge, 4 burner stove/oven, propane heated, AM/FM stereo, shower tub, with 12 ft. awning $700.00 In great condition. 1996 Ford F-250 extended cab short box, 196,000km, truck canopy included. Asking price is $10,000 for BOTH OBO. If interested call Jocelyn 250-5664491 (home) or 250-566-1700 (cell) GTS SEPT 5

heavy equipment 1999 John Deere Model 160 Excavator rebuilt hydraulic pump and new undercarriage. Contact 250-219-0277 NOV 29 Feller Buncher 227 Cat, new motor, good undercarriage, most of this machine is rebuilt. Price $15,000 obo. Call 250-566-2471. GTS JULY 25

misc. for sale Case Model 530 Tractor front end loader in good condition $3,500. Parts tractors Case 530 backhoe attachment $1,000. 14 foot tandem field disk $800. Contact 250-2190277 GTS NOV 29 Good used sea containers for sale. McBride area $3,650, Valemount $3,500 Delivered. We accept Visa/MC 250-314-9522. NOV 29 26” oak television cabinet in good working order. Call 250-566-4275. NOV 29

rentals 2 Bedroom house on acreage for rent in Tete Jaune. $700 per month. Contact 250-5669811 DEC 20

rentals CN APARTMENTS - 1 & 2 BR $520 & $590 plus hydro. No pets. JUNIPER MANOR -Furnished Bachelor $450 plus hydro. 2 BR $550 plus hydro. Scott 250-566-1569 DEC 20 HOUSE FOR RENT: 3 bdrm upstairs 1-bathroom upstairs and 1 bath downstairs, W/D upstairs. All new flooring and paint throughout. Large basement unfinished, storage sheds, and private fenced back yard. $750 monthly. Available Dec. 1, 2012. Located in Valemount. Contact Paul 250-566-4538 NOV 29 Furnished two bedroom house and bachelor suite. Available immediately, in Valemount. 250-566-9884. Emails DEC 6

commercial space Office space for rent or lease in the Village of Valemount. Bring your business idea to this move-in-ready space. Total of 365 sq. ft. consists of office with sink and separate waiting room. Located in a professional building. Call 778-389-5100 or email to view. NOV 29

trailer for sale


Mobile Home: Hartman’s Trailer Park 2-Bedroom with addition, wood stove and oil heat. Rental purchase optional. Asking $16,000 OBO or $500 monthly rent. Call Doug 250-566-4240 GTS NOV 15 Mobile Home: Hartman’s Trailer Park 2 bedrooms, new roof, bathroom, windows, and carpet. Pellet Stove and propane furnace. $20,000 OBO Call Nathan 250-566-5040. GTS JUNE 20 Home for sale

Move-in ready 4 bedroom, 3 bath home Recently renovated. Hardwood, tile and laminate throughout. Extra lot, fences and landscaped yard make this the perfect home. This is a must see if you are looking to relocate. 1311 - 9th Ave. Valemount, B.C. Call or text Michelle today at 250566-1947 or call Francis at 250-566-4411. DEC 6 FIREWOOD for sale

Firewood for sale: Dry pine firewood, in rounds, or split by the cord. Other species available upon request. Will deliver and stack. Valemount and surrounding area. Contact: 250-569-7232 NOV 29

Something for the whole family!

Serving the robson valley region & Jasper


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junior HIGH

celebration of learning - nov. 2012 Grade 7

Academic Achievement Excellence Giela Cerezo Julianna Czorny Alexandria Kalamoutsos Nikolaos Kellis Hyunki Kim Mina Praxidio Saje Rayner Britney Romaniuk Emmanuel Sebhat Jenna Sillence Natalia Valcourt

Character Virtues Excellence Laura Branton Julianna Czorny Giela Cerezo Hannah Lee Maia McGugan Chloe Park Mina Praxidio Saje Rayner Britney Romaniuk Jenna Sillence Caira Stainton Cassidy Stainton Natalia Valcourt

Grade 8

Academic Achievement Excellence Taylore Czorny Crimson Derbowka Nicole Hayashi Jake Huculak Keana Nisbet Character Virtues Excellence Taylore Czorny Crimson Derbowka Jorgia Domes Bentley Fawcett Nicole Frechette

Teagan Lee Eila Lombard Maggie McKenney Jada Moorhouse Kiersten Polard Jacquelyn Proc Gibran Ramirez Tafolla Cailyn Sherlow Caitlin Zaniol

Grade 9

Academic Achievement Excellence Simon Golla Emma Hardy

Sadie Howe Stella MacMahon Teslin Olinkin Robyn Patry Character Virtues Excellence Naomi Chisholm Simon Golla Emma Hardy Sadie Howe Morgan MacMahon Stella MacMahon Teslin Olinkin Robyn Patry Kayla St-Jacques

senior high honour roll - nov. 2012 Grade 10

Kiana Boisvert Erin Dillon Lauren Ewald Megan Foley Cheyenne Henderson Taylor Johnston Michael Karadjian Elena Kellin Yulia Kontos Anastazia Olsen Marley Pollock Nicholas Proc Casey Salanski Daniel Sario Martha Smith Tannin Standing Alys Thomas Anna Tokunaga Megan Warren

Grade 11

Bradley Anselmo Justin Cheon Alexander Chorneyko Tim Jaehrig

Jeffrey Keogan Sydney Kirychuk Ayoumi Nayak Michael Peleshaty Breanne Rodwell Gabriel Sario Jaymes Schmidt

Grade 12

Alexandra Bruni-Bossio Nicole Cantley Anagha Devkota Jennifer Dillon Jamin Lanzoni Knight Megan Leitch Emily Lombard Cameron Mahler Ayla Paltzat Jasmine Payant Mikyla Sherlow Hailey Smith Ashley Tassoni Kaitlyn Thompson Riley Tower Jessica Van De Bogart Tieghan Williams


2nd annual Lantern Walk

December 6th starting at 6pm. Meet at the daycare. Hot chocolate and fire to follow.

Seniors News

December meeting on December 10 at 7:30 pm. All events held at Seniors Lounge in Activity Centre.

Jasper Seniors’ Christmas Luncheon

Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge and the Rotary Club of Jasper invite all members of Jasper’s Senior Community to the luncheon on Tuesday, December 18. 11:30 am reception, 12:30pm luncheon. Complimentary Sundog Shuttle Schedule: Pine Grove Manor 10:45 and 11:45 am, Alpine Summit Lodge 11am and 12pm and the Activity Centre at 11:15 am. Shuttle departs the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge at 2 and 2:30pm.

Cervical/Pap Testing Clinics

Screening done by a female Registered Nurse at Jasper Community Health. Free and confidential. Call 780-852-4759 for appt.

70+ Club Grade 10

Emmett Begley Maximilian Boehm Liam Lanigan Adrian Lising Zachary Maludzinski Brooke Meints Dylan Mooney Shannon Petrolia Rafael Sario Robert Shin Tara Zaniol

Grade 12

Desiree Aranzanso River Day Joshua Franklin Elijah Harrison Alexandra Henderson Angus Jenkins

Emily Lombard Mallory MacDougall Emma Merilovich Rachel Merilovich Christina Petluk Jasson Tassoni Lara Wells Lianna Witwicky

Grade 11 Tamara Buck Ricardo Cancino Duran Laramee Desjardins Christopher Hollenbeck Marina Krawec Jane Quackenbush Robson Senz Kiana Sillence


Jasper Food Bank

Coffee Talk

Town Council Meetings

Jasper-Yellowhead Museum & Archives, 400 Bonhomme St. Oct.16 to Apr. 10. Join us each Tuesday morning at 10:30am for an hour of historical interest. Everyone welcome.

Help is available from the Jasper Food Bank Thurs nights. Drop in at St. Mary and St. George Anglican Church at the corner of Miette and Geikie St. Families 6pm and individuals 6:30pm. Call 780-852-8800 for more info.

ASK (Advocates for Special Kids)

Meetings first Thursday of the month at 7pm at the Community Outreach office.


Meetings on the first and third Tuesday of each month at 1:30pm in the meeting room on the second floor of the EMS building.

Al-Anon Family Group help friends and families of alcoholics meetings Friday at 7pm at the hospital in the Cavell room. For more info please call 780-852-4518 or 780-852-4578.

Royal Canadian Legion

Senior’s Curling

Jasper’s Community Choir, have started another season of singing and music appreciation and you are welcome to join them! Practices are held every Monday Evening from 6:45 pm in Jasper United Church. Do you love to sing? Are you interested? Call Morley or Val at 780-852-5533.

Parent Link Centre

12 Step Meetings

Young at Heart: Healthy Living for Seniors

Jasper Municipal Library

(Jasper Adult Learning Council) - Come and practice your English speaking skills in a fun and relaxed environment at 631 Patricia St. The meetings will take place on Monday evenings from 6 - 7:30pm starting on October 15. Everyone is welcome. Call 780-852-4418 ext. 3 for more information.

The Summit Singers

Bi-monthly meetings. 2nd Thursday of each month at Pine Grove, 4th Thursday of each month at Alpine Summit. All seniors welcome to join us in sharing ideas, learning, inspiring, supporting and having fun! Call LaurieAnn 780-852-6640 (AHS) or Patrick 780852-6542 (COS) for more info.

Community Outreach Services

Free, confidential, non-judgmental support and referral. Make an appointment or drop in. The coffee is always on. M – F, 8:30am 5:00pm. 627 Patricia Street. 780-852-2100.

Jasper Reuse-it Centre

29 Stan Wright Drive, 780-852-3334. NEW Hours of Operation Tues. 2 7pm; Wed. 2 - 7pm; Thurs. 2 - 7pm. Closed Fri.- Mon.

401 Geikie St. Open Tues. to Sat. at 4pm. Children welcome until 8pm. Cash, meat draws and chasing the Queen at 5:30 PM Saturdays. Free shuffle board available. 780-852-3740. Now open at 627 Patricia Street.

Habitat for the Arts

631 Patricia St., Open Tues. - Sat. 12 to 5pm. 780-852-4747.

From 1:30 - 2:30pm in the Activity Multi-purpose hall. Senior’s 55+ Welcome! Need new curlers get team together and join us. Contact Arlene Tomie 780-852-3088 or Lydia Stanko 780-852-5679. Alcoholics Anonymous - meetings Monday and Saturday at 8pm. Narcotics Anonymous meetings Thursdays at 8pm. All meetings are held at the hospital in the Cavell room. For more information or to talk to someone regarding alcohol, drugs or gambling problems please call 780-852-2909.

Toddler & Preschool Story Time Mondays 10:30am. For more info 780852-3652 or

L’ACFA régionale de Jasper

Thrift Shop Hours

Business Hours. Ouvert les lundis / Open Monday De 12 h à 18 h / 12 noon to 6pm. Ouvert les mar., merc. et jeu. / Open Tues., Wed., & Thurs De 12 h à 18 h / 12 noon to 6pm. Veuillez noter que nous sommes ferme les jours fériés/ Closed on stat Holiday. Gare de Jasper entrée de Greyhound Jasper Train Station

The Jasper Thrift Shop is open on Monday and Wednesday from 7 to 9pm and Thursdays from 1 to 3pm. Located in the 700 Block on Geikie Street in the United Church basement

HIV West Yellowhead

For confidential HIV/AIDS/HEP C/STI Information, referral and free condoms, drop by our office at 612 Connaught Dr., (upstairs) Mon. to Fri. 10am - 4pm. Info at: For 24 hour assistance call 1-800772-AIDS. For local assistant, call 780-852-5274. Volunteers welcome.

ACFA (Association canadienne-française de l’Alberta) Centre de ressources en français / French Resources Centre. Heures d’ouverture /

Greyhound entrance. Tel : 780-852-7476 / Phone : 780-852-7476

To List your event it must be Absolutely Free (Fundraisers for Organizations will not be listed)Submissions are only listed as space allows and at the Publisher’s Discretion.

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McBride library explains eBooks and audiobooks By Astrid Frazier Contributor

ROBSON VALLEY REGION - EBooks and audiobooks are quickly becoming an alternative to the standard paper books we are used to. With technology changing daily, access to books is as easy as turning on your computer, browse, checkout and download. Recently the McBride and District Library hosted an “introduction to eBooks” public seminar. The McBride and District Library, along with many other libraries throughout the province, including the Valemount Public Library, have signed up with British Columbia Libraries website “Library to Go.” This website gives library members the opportunity to download books to their home

computer and other devices such as eBook readers and mobile devices. All you need to download an eBook or audiobook is a library card and a computer. It’s pretty simple, just use your library card to access the library’s “virtual branch” website, follow the directions and information in “OverDrive,” install the free Adobe Digital Editions software to your computer and then transfer to eBook readers. Once you’re in the system, the process is similar to signing out a regular book. You choose a title and check its availability as some copies are limited, so there may be a wait. If there is a wait you can choose to be emailed when the selected item is available. The check-out period can be up to 21 days, and five eBooks or audiobooks can be signed out at one time. A book can be returned on line by the

user, or it will be automatically removed from your device after the sign-out period has expired. Once the eBooks or audiobooks are downloaded to a computer, they can then be transferred to a compatible mobile device of your choice so you can enjoy reading anywhere. The OverDrive website has a “getting started” feature that is very helpful, easy to follow with step-by-step information and instructions for any user. B.C. Libraries now has access to approximately 50,000 eBooks and audiobooks for readers and the number is growing. Also available though the libraries are digital magazines with over 300 titles to choose from and, by the new year, the number will be over 1,000. Visit your local library for more exciting information on accessing this new technology.

regional classifieds announcements WHY WEIGHT? Lose up to 20 lbs by New Year’s Eve - Lose weight quickly, safely and keep it off, proven results! Call Herbal Magic 1-800-854-5176. auctions K&K AUCTIONS PRESENTS Antique & Collectible Auction, Estate of Eldon Thompson, Camrose. Saturday, December 9, 9 a.m., Camrose Elks Hall, 4702 50 Ave. Info: Doug & Loraine Kennedy 780-679-4142; www. BANK SEIZURE AUCTION. Saturday, December 8, 10 a.m. 5305 Allard Way, Edmonton. 6 - 2010 golf simulators with over 40 golf courses loaded. Quad and RV dealer closeout of clothing, helmets, accessories, tires and wheels, 2011 food store with freezers, gondola shelving. Over 20 computers and lots of miscellaneous. Foothills Equipment Liquidation; www. 780922-6090.

building supplies LAMINATED POST BUILDINGS Farm and Commercial. Prairie Post Frame serving Alberta. For pricing Calgary South, Barrie 403-506-7845; barrier@ Calgary North, Howard 403-586-7678;

business opportunities

INDUSTRY LEADER expanding with NEW billion $ brand. Key people to partner with, to work directly with top producer in Canada. Lucrative and training provided. 780-929-8194.

business opportunities

employment opportunities

employment opportunities

ATTN: COMPUTER WORK. Work from anywhere 24/7. Up to $1,500 part-time to $7,500/month full-time. Training provided.

REQUIRED FOR AN ALBERTA trucking company: One Class 1 Driver. Must have a minimum of 5 years experience pulling low boys and driving off road. Candidate must be able to pass a drug test and be willing to relocate to Edson, Alberta. Scheduled days off. Call Lloyd 780-723-5051. NOW LOCATED in Drayton Valley. BREKKAAS Vacuum & Tank Ltd. Wanted Class 1 & 3 Drivers, Super Heater Operators with all valid tickets. Top wages, excellent benefits. Please forward resume to: Email: dv@ Phone 780-6213953. Fax 780-621-3959. SPEEDWAY MOVING SYSTEMS REQUIRES O/O for our 1 ton fleet to transport RVs throughout North America. We offer competitive rates and Co. fuel cards. Paid by direct deposit. Must have clean criminal record and passport to cross border. 1-866-736-6483; www. DAIRY, BEEF, Crop, Sheep, Swine, Horticultural work. Live and learn in Europe, Britain, Japan, Australia or New Zealand. 4 - 12 month AgriVenture programs available for 18 - 30 year olds; www. 1-888-5984415. Canadian farmers may also apply for overseas trainees. WANTED: Red Seal Diesel Truck & Trailer Mechanic in Northern Alberta. Full-time, permanent position. Initial accommodation supplied. Email: johnwb@ for immediate response.

WANHAM PROVINCIAL Grazing Reserve is seeking a Pasture Manager for 2013 season. Taking care of up to 5,500 head. Previous experience an asset. Closing date Dec. 14, 2012. Contact Lenore Mueller, Wanham Grazing Association, 780-694-2573 for detailed information. WANTED IN Northern Alberta - Log Truck Drivers with offroad experience. Immediate openings, good wages, accommodation supplied. Forward resume: johnwb@ SEEKING CLASS 1 Drivers with offroad fluid hauling experience. Will relocate. Year round work. Above average wage, appealing benefit packages offered. Trophy Buck Oilfield Services, Whitecourt, Alberta. Email resume: Fax 780-706-2389. CENTRAL PEACE NATURAL Gas Co-op Ltd. requires full-time Gas Utility Operator. Experience, safety tickets an asset. Clean valid driver’s licence required. Forward resume: cpngc@ Fax 780-8642044. Mail: Box 119, Spirit River, T0H 3G0. JOURNEYMAN AUTOMOTIVE SERVICE TECHNICIAN. Hanna Chrysler Ltd. (Hanna, Alberta) needs a few more good people. Busy, modern shop. $25. - $31./ hour + bonus, benefits. Great community. Inquire or send resume. Fax 403-854-2845; Email

career training LEARN FROM HOME. Earn from home. Medical Transcriptionists are in demand. Lots of jobs! Enrol today for less than $95 a month. 1-800-466-1535; www.; admissions@ INTERIOR HEAVY EQUIPMENT Operator School. No Simulators. In-the-seat training. Real world tasks. Weekly start dates. Job board! Funding options. Apply online!

employment opportunities AN ALBERTA CONSTRUCTION company is hiring Dozer and Excavator Operators. Preference will be given to operators that are experienced in oilfield road and lease construction. Lodging and meals provided. The work is in the vicinity of Edson, Alberta. Alcohol & drug testing required. Call Contour Construction at 780-723-5051. THE YUKON NEWS is seeking an experienced editor. We are located in Whitehorse, Yukon, are independently-owned and publish twice weekly. Salary begins at $75, 000. Please see www.yukon-news. com/editor for details. INTERESTED IN the Community Newspaper business? Alberta’s weekly newspapers are looking for people like you. Post your resume online. FREE. Visit: www.

feed & seed HEATED CANOLA buying Green, Heated or Springthrashed Canola. Buying: oats, barley, wheat & peas for feed. Buying damaged or offgrade grain. “On Farm Pickup” Westcan Feed & Grain, 1-877-250-5252.

for sale NEED TO ADVERTISE? Province wide classifieds. Reach over 1 million readers weekly. Only $259. + GST (based on 25 words or less). Call this newspaper NOW for details or call 1-800-282-6903 ext. 228. BIG BUILDING SALE - ”This is a clearance you don’t want to miss!” 20x20 $3,985, 25x24 $4,595, 30x36 $6,859, 35x48 $11,200, 40x52 $13,100, 47x76 $18,265. One end wall included. Pioneer Steel 1-800668-5422; www.pioneersteel. ca. STEEL BUILDINGS/METAL BUILDINGS 60% off! 20x28, 3 0 x4 0, 4 0 x 6 2 , 45x 9 0, 50x120, 60x150, 80x100, sell for balance owed! Call 1-800-457-2206; www. EASY XMAS SHOPPING for pets! No line ups, no cold weather. Deals to bark about! Receive 10% off with coupon code: Clubpet 10; 1-855-839-0555. METAL ROOFING & SIDING. Best prices! 36” Hi-Tensile TUFF-Rib 29ga. Galvalume $.67 sq. ft. Colours $.82 sq. ft. 40 Year Warranty. ALTA-WIDE Builders Supplies 1-888-263-8254.

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Homeward Mortgage Group Ltd.


• Pre-approvals • Purchases • Refinances • Consolidations • Rental Property • Self Employed Mortgages • New to Canada • Vacation Home

Debra Parker AMP Mortgage Broker Looking out for your best interest.® P: 250-426-8211 ext 375 Cell: 250-421-7600 E:

Returning Flow Acupuncture Wednesdays & Fridays in Valemount Thursdays in McBride

McBride, B.C. Redi-Mix Concrete • Aggregates • Concrete Blocks Concrete Form Rental • Gravel Truck Excavator & Bobcat • Site Preparation

Myron Baer 250-968-4492 • Cell 250-569-7245

Micah Yoder R.Ac.


Registered Acupuncturist

Sales Service 250-566-1324 Installation 1-800-424-6331

PHONE 250-566-1782

HAUGK HOME DESIGNS & RENOVATIONS Licenced Journeyman with over 30 years experience

David Craig 250.566.4742 or cell 250.566.1089 email


Howard & McBride Funeral Homes

Dr. Gary Watson, Dr. Monika Braun & Dr. Jennifer Goettling


“Proudly Serving the Community since 1921”

158 Athabasca Avenue, Hinton Office Hours: Mon., Tues., & Wed. 8 am - 5 pm Thurs. 9 am - 6 pm; Fri. 8 am - 4 pm

Sandra Birks 780-852-3890 Funeral Arrangements in the Comfort of your home Burial - Cremation - Shipment Out of Province Emergency 24-Hours: 780-422-1141


Eyewear & sunglasses also available at: Rocky Mountain Eye Wear • Parks West Mall • 780-865-3011

Locally owned and operated

NAPA Automotive Parts & Repairs

1140 Main Street • Valemount, BC V0E 2Z0 Phone: 250-566-9774 • Fax: 250-566-9771 •

Tuesday - Wednesday 1 - 4pm Thursday - Friday - Saturday 10am - 4pm Closed - Sunday & Monday


P.o. box 474 Mcbride, bC V0J2e0 250-569-2593 250-968-4490

SandS diStribution Ltd

HuSky oiL Limited Cardlock and bulk plant facility Fuel truck for all your delivery needs

845 Cedarside rd. Valemount BC Phone: 250-566-4818 or 1-866-566-4818 Fax: 250-566-4815

DRYWALL SERVICES • Boarding • Taping • Textured Ceilings

Call Todd At Wahoo Enterprises 250-569-0320 “Serving The Robson Valley For Over 15 Years”


plumbing & heating Greg McNee, Insured and Reliable Seniors: Show this ad and receive a 10% discount

cell: 250-566-1687

P. 780-852-2121 2nd floor, (beside physio.) F. 780-423-3883 622 Connaught Dr.

Solar, Wind • and Micro Hydro Electric Systems

R e d u C e - R e u S e - R e C yC l e

General Contractor: residential & commercial Excavation: clearing, driveways & septic systems Concrete: redi mix concrete, finish work, stamps, forming • Gravel sales

David R. Sagan

BA, CFP, CLU, CH.F.C. Investment & Insurance Advisor • By appointment only

Garn • Smokeless Hydronic Wood Heaters

Now offering full refund on all beer bottles and cans. Pickups can be arranged - Call Liz or Kim Everard:

& Redi Mix ConCRete


Solar Hot Water SyStemS • CanSAI Certified • Registered with SolarBC

Rex’s Recycling

Robson Valley ConstRuCtion

• Kitchen • Bath • Doors • Windows • Cabinets • Floors • Tiles • Painting • Vinyl Decking and more Call Andreas 250-569-0004 c: 250-981-0457 /

Shawn Fowler Authorized Dealer

Box 819, 1170 Canoe View Place Valemount, BC V0E 2Z0

Ph: 250-566-8483 C: 250-566-1725 F: 250-566-8485

Serving Jasper & the robson valley region

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Pet Photos with Santa in Valemount On Dec. 7, during late night shopping, from 4 to 7 p.m., your pet can get its picture taken with Santa. Phone 250-566-9198 for an appointment. Ten dollars gets a 5x7 print and a copy to print as many as you would like. This event is sponsored by the Robson Valley Spay and Neuter Society.

Stoked for Snow Show: Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival in Jasper The Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival in Jasper is now happening Nov. 30, at 7:30 p.m. at the Jasper Legion. This show is for all ages. All tickets are still valid. All proceeds go to HIV West Yellowhead.

Valemount winter yoga update Kathryn Smith’s Tuesday, Vinyasa yoga class, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. is the only class

available and will continue until Dec. 18. Meet upstairs at the Valemount Activity Centre and Arena.

Building Knowledge Calendars on sale in time for Christmas Building Knowledge is a 100 per cent nonprofit started in 2008 by Sandra Hodge and Gilly Thomas to raise money to build schools in Myanmar, Burma. They have successfully raised enough money to build four schools. The 2013 calendars are full of beautiful photos and the story of that journey. Calendars are $20 each. Pick yours up in Jasper at the Dollar Store, Wild Mountain, The North Face Store, Wild Orchid Salon and Spa, Tekarra Color Lab, or Nutter’s or they are available in Valemount at The Gathering Tree and Infinity.

Decorating for the annual Dunster Christmas Concert On Sunday, Dec. 2, from 1 to 4 p.m.


Foothills Memorial Chapel Represented by

H. A. (Sandy) ROBINSON 780-852-4527 If no answer phone: 780-852-3699 P.O. Box 6358, Edson, Alberta T7E 1T8 “Semper Fidelis”

The Funeral Service Association of Canada

they will be decorating for the Annual Dunster Christmas Concert. This year, the theme will be Winter in Dunster. Skating, skiing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, snow shoveling, mountains, trees, birds, and more! Please bring any craft and art materials that may be useful. Tea and snacks are available. Everyone is welcome. No talent necessary, just a willingness to have fun. Call Nancy Taylor at 250-968-4358 for more information.

Robson Valley Spay and Neuter silent auction The Robson Valley Spay and Neuter Society will be hosting a silent auction in the foyer of the Valemount Community Theatre from 6 to 9:30 p.m. on the night of the BC Boys Choir performance, Nov. 30. Show starts at 7:30 p.m.

Bright Side: A new play by Sharon Stearns Bright Side takes a comical look at the

TREKS & TRAVEL Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in you sails.

EXPLORE . DREAM . DISCOVER . TRAVEL ~ MARK TWAIN Call Patricia to make your travel plans a reality. 780-852-5473 (office) or email at

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pharmaceutical industry and our quest for happiness, but at what cost? Presented in collaboration with The Robson Valley Theatre Collective, see it in McBride Nov. 29 and 30, at the Roundhouse Theatre and in Valemount Dec. 4 and 5, at the Valemount Community Theatre. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $18.

CBT looking for photos

The Columbia Basin Trust (CBT) wants to know “Are you an amateur or professional photographer?” They are looking for photos of the CBT region. (See www.cbt. org/map.) Get on their list by emailing

Got a tip?

If you have a note, idea or tip, or would like to share your event or happening with us, you are encouraged to contact Donalda Beeson at or The Valley Sentinel 250-566-4425. Please note that all items for publication on the Thursday issue must be in by the previous Friday.

P.O. Box 913 McBride, BC V0J 2E0

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Serving the Robson Valley • Brendan Zimmerman

call the fitzhugh at 780-852-4888 or the valley sentinel at 250-566-4425 to advertise in our new & improved


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Robson Valley horseman participates in extreme cowboy race world championship By Birgit Stutz Contributor

MCBRIDE - McBride resident Tom Ryan loves a good challenge, especially when speed is added to it. Ryan recently qualified for the extreme cowboy race world championship that took place in Hamilton, Texas, November 2 to 4, and placed seventh in the pro division on his horse Companion Q. “I didn’t find out that I was qualified for the world championship until Oct. 21,” said Ryan. “It took 40 hours of driving to get there.” Extreme cowboy racing is a timed and judged event that demands both horsemanship skills and speed. The horserider pair has to navigate an obstacle course with varying challenges such as bridges, teeter totters, jumps, log crossings, tunnels, cowboy curtains and water crossings. They may also have to do some sidepassing, sliding stops and rollbacks, pull a wagon behind the horse, get the horse to push a ball between barrels, and do some tasks while dismounted. Judges award points for each obstacle, on a scale of one to 10, based on criteria such as horsemanship, cadence, control, and overall execution. The rider is required to complete each obstacle within a predetermined time period to collect points. Ryan said he has always been interested in obstacles and testing the partnership he has with his horses. “We’ve always added obstacles when we play with horses,” said Ryan, who studies under well-known Canadian horse trainer Glenn Stewart, a long-time natural horsemanship clinician from Baldonnel, B.C. “Glenn has challenges all the time. Extreme cowboy races kind of fit in with what we’ve been doing.” After watching the Calgary Stampede Cowboy Up Challenge last year, Ryan was hooked. Things kicked into high gear last January when Ryan participated in his first extreme cowboy race at Clark County Fair in Vancouver, Washington. In April, Ryan competed in an exhibition race at the Saddledome in Calgary. “There is only one category at the exhibition race,” explained Ryan, who won the race out of 14 participants and earned himself a spot in the second annual Calgary Stampede Cowboy Up Challenge in July, which is put on by the Extreme Cowboy Association (EXCA). “The Cowboy Up Challenge is by invite only and is the only (EXCA) sanctioned race in Canada,” said Ryan, who finished tenth at the challenge. As in the exhibition race, there is only one category at the Cowboy Up Challenge. Stewart finished fifth this year after winning the inaugural challenge last year riding his stallion Genuine Jet Smooth, a half-brother to Ryan’s horse Q. “[The Cowboy Up Challenge] was my first big show, so


Tom Ryan demonstrates his extreme cowboy skills in McBride on Saturday, Nov. 24.

I was pretty nervous, and of course your horse knows that,” said Ryan, who had taken some clinics from Craig Cameron, known as the “cowboy’s clinician” and the founder of the EXCA, last November to prepare for the races. Between the three races that Ryan participated in, he earned enough points to qualify him for the world championship in Texas earlier this month. “I had 185 points to qualify,” he said. “Some participants had gone to 20 or more races and had over 1,000 points.” The world championship took place at the Circle T Arena in Hamilton, a privately-owned facility that hosts shows. There were many different categories, from young guns, novice and non-pro, to ride smart (seniors), youth and pro, with Cameron commentating each run. Ryan, who competed in the open division, had two races on the first day and another one in the finals the following day. “I had two beautiful runs on the first day,” he said. “The finals race was not so beautiful. I went into the finals in fourth place and I finished seventh.” Ryan’s equine partner Q is a 12-year-old quarter horse

gelding that was born on Ryan’s farm in Alberta. He was sired by Genuine 007, a horse that Ryan bought as a twoyear-old, later sold, and just recently bought back and brought home to Canada. “He’s pretty solid, but he’s scared of roping dummies because he got injured as a colt,” said Ryan about Q. “That’s what got me both in Calgary and at the finals. You don’t really know until a few minutes before the race what the course is going to be. There is a walk through for all participants with the judges a few minutes before the race. You have to remember the course and once you’re in there, you have to make sure you are in the correct lead for the next obstacle and you have to watch where you step.” Ryan said the world championship was a great experience. “It’s a big show. It’s a really fun event to watch and be a part of. It’s not boring. It’s always changing. It really pushes the emotional side of the horse to stay attached with its rider. It tests the partnership.” While Ryan didn’t win the world championship, he’s nevertheless happy with how far he and his equine partner have come. Jimmy Anderson of Strathmore, Alta., won the open division. Ryan hopes to be able to participate in the Calgary Stampede Cowboy Up Challenge again in 2013. “It will be determined in December whether I will be picked,” he said. Ryan is also planning to participate in the exhibition race in Calgary again as the winner of the exhibition will get an automatic entry into the challenge. Extreme cowboy racing is sanctioned by the Texasbased EXCA and is the fastest-growing sport in the equine industry. Last year, more than 100 EXCA events were held from Hawaii to Alberta to Maine.

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Novice Stars Take to the Ice in Jasper By John Wilmshurst Special to the Fitzhugh

JASPER - Each year the Jasper Novice Bears invite young stars from the region to Jasper for a tournament that gives a chance for us to see the future of hockey. It certainly looks bright in Jasper with a large and talented group of seven and eight-year-olds under the tutelage of coach Jim Koss who is capably filling the big shoes of Geno Tassoni, now with the Atoms. In 12 games spread over two days last weekend, 6 teams from Stony Plain, Hinton, Whitecourt, Grande Cache and Hinton (x2) joined Jasper’s two Novice squads for regional bragging rights. Playing the first and last games in this tournament was the Jasper BlackBears. They competed three times; against the Stony Plain Vipers, the Whitecourt Wolverines and the Hinton Snipers. Second year standouts the Hayashi kids (Michael and Sarah) were dominant playing offence (Michael got a mitt-full of goals), defence and goalie (Sarah was solid in game three). Dylan Dekker showed amazing puck-carrying ability and Baden Koss is coming into his own as a reliable defender who can show some offensive power. Rounding out the sophomores is Tanner Carlton, who impressed everyone with a very solid defensive performance

in game one and explosive offensive speed down the stretch. The BlackBear rookies who were playing their first real games at this level were no less impressive. Josh Lee, who is new to skating is a blaze out there, Jake Hynatiuk, scoring his first career goal last weekend, is clearly an athlete with drive and ambition and Nash Hilworth has inherited the tenacity that goes with his family name. Janelle Tank, who dominated initiation tilts last year, was showing strong signs of hitting her stride in this tournament as did Colton Thomas who is making great strides in all aspects of his game. Darius Stenlund rounds out this group and showed great promise and improvement with every shift. The BlackBears won one, tied one and lost one last weekend, a nice symmetrical start to the season with room to be both proud and for growth. The Jasper WhiteBears also hit the ice for a trio of matchups against Edson, the Hinton Hammers and the Grande Cache Rockies last weekend. This is a team led by the defensive creativity of Sebastian Golla who can shut other teams down, but also turn up the volume on offense when his number is called. His defensive pairing with (birthday boy) Jacob Bartziokas was devastating for opponents, producing a number of goals and offensive pressure. The other forward drivers on this team were Lucas Oeggerli who’s emerging

as the team’s sniper, and Liam Crozier who was a force as a winger and a goaltender. Rounding out the second-year talent on the WhiteBears is Owen Kearnan and his innate ability to anticipate the play and stifle their offensive rushes with a welltimed poke-check. But there are some first-year Novices on this team that are vying for second year honours, including the Fawcett brothers, Donovan and Dexter. Keep an eye on these twins who embody a unique combination of shutdown goaltending (Don) and defensive jam (Dex). Dylan Skinner is also a young gun on this team, battling hard for every loose puck and getting some good scoring chances as a result. Indeed, there were a number of deserving first goal scorers on this team last weekend. Apollo Hardman was rewarded for standing his ground in front of the net with his first career marker. As was Ty Crozier, Liam’s capable brother, whose speed and hard work earned him his first Novice goal. Noah Carter didn’t get his first goal last weekend, but is very hungry to get one and showing good drive, and Rachel Angebrandt, a keen blueliner, gave notice with her effort that she can also bring it as a forward. The WhiteBears also finished 1, 1 and 1 for the tournament with some close games against tough opponents and lessons learned. Next up for the Novice squad is the Hinton Tournament in two week’s time. From what I’ve seen, they’re ready.

PeeWee Bears take on Hinton Nighthawks By John Wilmshurst Special to the Fitzhugh

JASPER - This year the Jasper PeeWee team tiered A in their division, but are playing in the B league due to scheduling issues. The Hinton Nighthawks tiered C but were brought up to B to fill out its ranks. When these two teams met for the first time last Sunday the outcome was predictable. The Jasper shooters directed more rubber at the Hinton goalie (he was a standout) than the Vancouver Police at a Stanley Cup riot and I don’t think I’m betraying any confidences by telling you now that the game ended 15 to nothing in favour of your Bears. It was a rout of the highest proportions. While the list of Jasper goal-scorers was long (Tegan Barker (3), Drew Tank (1), Noah Kwasny (2), Magnus Stenlund (1), Cooper Hilworth (3), Brendan Auger (1), Adrian

Nayak (1), Rhys Malcolm (3), it was not the whole story. During a game like this, there is a lot of space for everyone to move, and it was the players that were not filling the scoresheet and some of the unselfish plays of those that were, that stood out in my mind. In the first period, with the Bears already up 3 to nothing thanks to Drew Tank’s first of the season and a pair from Barker, Kwasny found Hilworth with a two-line stretch pass that sprung Hilworth on a breakaway. On this occasion, Cooper was stoned by the Hinton net-minder, but he would be the beneficiary of several heads-up long bombs from the Jasper defense during the game. It’s good to see the defence looking up ice, and in general the passing in this game exceeded what we’ve experienced from this team. Kwasny was also a participant in a stunning 4 pass 2 on 1 with Malcolm that ended in a tap-in. Hilworth was active

passing from the corner to the slot and Elvis Gorontzy-Slack was playing with his head up and finding his teammates all over the ice. Barker was making his trademark toetucks through the Nighthawks, then dishing to waiting line mates in scoring position. Passing equates to success and it was a big part of this game. The second period ended 11 – 0 in favour of the Bears, but what stood out was the defensive play of Magnus Stenlund. Stenlund has had to re-learn his role as a defenceman in contact hockey and his confidence is growing. In this game, he was wheeling with the puck, jumping up on the rush and using his body to push Hinton forwards off the puck. As his effectiveness grows, so will his impact on the success of this team. In the third period, with the game already well in hand, the offensive grinders on the

team were asked to step up. Matthew Park is a big body out there who is beginning to assert himself along the boards and in front of the net, and Hunter Zenner is also not afraid to get into the corners and has the confidence to stand his ground in the slot. Hyunki Kim, the greyhound on this team, is beginning to explore his ability to draw the opponents to him, creating space for his linemates and finding the open man. Finally, Malcolm, who had a breakout game with a hat-trick, has been struggling with his touch but seemed to find it in this final period. Like Stenlund, this is a group still learning the contact game, and their increasing poise on the ice is evident. Next week the Bears are idle and then are off to Grande Prairie for a tournament in two week’s time. League play resumes on December 15th and 16th with a home and away series against Edson. Stay tuned.

Spectators enjoyed much hockey action at the Jasper Activity Centre last weekend. Above, the Bantam Bearcats battled the Plamondon Oilers. The Jasper Novice and Peewee teams shared the arena in a number of tournament games over the weekend. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Bantam Bearcats News JASPER - It has been a steep learning curve for the new players that have moved from the ranks of the Pee Wee team up to the Bantam division. With only four secondyear players, the team has a large contingent of newcomers. After coming out on top of the early season tiering tour nament, the team was moved from the B division to the A division, this means tougher competition than most of these players have seen. It also means bigger and faster players and harder shots.

With six games under their belts, they are beginning to see where the improvements are going to have to be made and how hard they are going to have to work to get there. The positive thought is that the team will improve with every practice and game played. That will come true, but there will be some tough times getting there. The Bearcats will be in action again this upcoming weekend Dec. 1 and 2 with their tournament. Come on down to the arena, take in some hockey and a great raffle table. ~ Fitzhugh staff


The Jasper Glaciers Six-Aside Football Team gathered at the Amethyst for their wind-up banquet held on Nov. 22. Front row: Donal Beauchamp, Dylan Mooney, Thony Laville, Jack Hillworth and Manuel Bolduc. Back Row: Yanick Desbiens, Tim Jaehrig, Martin Kreiner, Joe Merilovich, Emerson Ostrander and Morgan Poirier. Awards presented that evening were most improved player to Donal Beauchamp; Most outstanding rookie to Dylan Mooney; Most outstanding defensive player to Yanick Desbiens; Most outstanding offensive player to Thony Laville; Leadership, sportsmanship and quality play winner to Martin Kreiner.




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